Sunday, October 30, 2005

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Minnesotan found slain in Armenia
by Matt McKinney
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Published May 20, 2004

A Minnesota man who left the Midwest to teach in the exotic
locales of Tibet, India and the emerging nations of the former Soviet
Union was found stabbed to death outside his apartment Monday night
in the capital of Armenia, where he had been working for the past
year. Joshua Haglund, 33, a graduate of Mounds View High School, was
planning to leave Armenia in a few days for a trip through
Iran before returning to Minnesota for the summer, according to his
family. "This is the first day that I have not cried all day," said
his mother, Maxine Haglund-Blommer of Shoreview. She said she saw
her son a month ago at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
as he passed through town after attending a California job fair
where he also spent time with his older brother and fellow global
educator, Jaime. Haglund earned an undergraduate degree in political science
from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in teaching
English as a second language from the University of Toronto. He taught there for a time before embarking on his latest assignment. He moved to Yerevan last year to take a job at the state-run Linguistics University through an exchange program overseen by the U.S. State Department. Armenia, which gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, is a nation of 3.3 million people that lies just east of Turkey. Haglund-Blommer said she and her son planned to go camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this summer, in what was to be a continuation of a yearslong custom of mother-son camping trips that took them to Mexico, Canada, New York and elsewhere. "A lot of times Josh and I would go camping alone," she said. "That was the thing we did for the last 15 years. If every mother could have the same connection that I have with Josh. ... And I'm not singling him out as anything special or anything. It was good."
Haglund's far-flung travels were never without an invitation to his family to join him, his mother said. "He was really always trying to get the family to come over," she said. "He always wanted to include his family in the places he was."
Haglund, who enjoyed cooking, once treated his family to a Thanksgiving meal of dishes he had learned to cook in all of the places he had been. "The meal he put on was just amazing," said Haglund-Blommer.
"To think he met such a violent death is just a real hard thing to come to grips with," she said. "Maybe we'll never know what happened there."
He is survived by his parents, a sister and two brothers. A sister died in infancy. The family will learn today when the State Department plans to ship his body home, his mother said.
Services will be held at St. Odilia Church in Shoreview at a time and date to be determined.

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Sun Oct 30, 03:42:00 PM 2005  
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Sun Oct 30, 04:10:00 PM 2005  
Blogger James Haglund said...

keep on flowin...

Sun Nov 06, 11:05:00 PM 2005  
Anonymous nick said...

Was the man arrested today outside Barack Obama's hotel the same Davit Zakaryan who called the ambulance after Joshua was attacked?

Wed Jul 04, 08:58:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Scott said...

Hi James,

I'm not sure if you're still following this blog or not, but I just wanted Maxine and you all to know that I still think of Josh and your family often. It's all still really hard to imagine this loss.

But. It is also really very easy to remember the kindness of a classmate and friend. I'll never forget his wonderful spirit and broad smile that, so often brought about laughter.

God bless you all.

Scott

Tue May 11, 10:35:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Jesse Rude said...

Thinking of my old friend today.

Thu May 17, 05:51:00 AM 2012  

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